The Dogma of the Week – Are Foam Rollers Effective? (Video)

Happy Labor Day and welcome to the latest installation of the Dogma of the Week. The topic I will be discussing for this blogpost will be about foam rollers and discussing whether the effects of a foam roller do enough to help correct dysfunction.

Foam rollers happen to be the most popular of all Myofascial Release tools in use today. When I first stepped into the fitness industry and was introduced to Myofascial Release, this was the first tool I used. I found it to be quite effective in inflicting a great amount of pain with the extreme dysfunctions I had built throughout my life cycle up until that moment. However, as I continued I began to notice the effects of releasing bound up muscular tissue going away and my imbalances still staying present in the process. It wasn’t til this given point that I began to understand that the foam roller wasn’t cutting it for my Myofascial Release needs.

After using a foam roller to no avail, I then began to explore other avenues that would help bring my body to it’s full functional potential. It’s this period where I began to discover tools that were much more effective for Myofascial Release. I approached Medicine Balls, Tennis Balls, Theracanes, Softballs, Baseballs, Trigger-point therapy tools, theracanes, sticks, han bo’s, along with many other random objects I could release my knots on.

Here are the tools that made the final cut in my Myofascial Release aresnal:

1.) Cap/Valeo Medicine Ball- I found this to be the direct replacement to the foam roller. It’s great for the lower extremities around the femur.

2.) Lacrosse Ball- The most versatile and most bang for your buck product out on the market for Myofascial Release. I often use this tool for the release of muscles to help correct lumbo pelvic dysfunction.

3.) Theracane- Although I was once skeptical about this product for Myofascial Release, I tried it one day and began experimenting with it and soon put it in my purchase list. I find the theracane to be the best tool for cervicle spin dysfunction.

4.) Han bo/stick- A great tool I often use for rotator cuff flexibility. Another use I put with this tool is for the release of the IT bands along with the quadriceps.

Keep in mind that all of these tools have their individual benefits and that neither can replace the other. I strongly urge you to make investments on each of these products so that you can unlock the full potential your body is capable of achieving. Myofascial release is at the pillar of what I do in my holistic movement practice and must be done routinely to effectively move with economy.

Here’s a video of me breaking down the foam roller and why it may not be the best tool for Myofascial Release, and also breaking down the alternatives to the foam roller. Enjoy!!!

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2 Comments

  1. gary miller January 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    I saw your foam roller review and wanted to share my product information with you maybe you can do another review when my product is available to you. My name is Gary Miller and my company is launching its first 5 in 1 home and travel fitness product next month called the ProUnit Performance Trainer. Once the site is up you can find us at http://www.TheProUnit.com until then find us on Facebook at the ProUnit Performance Trainer.

    The ProUnit is a 5 in 1 product…
    1) Foam Roller
    2) Ab Roller
    3) Rotating PushUp handles
    4) Ab Wheel
    5) Stretch Strap
    The other great advantage of the ProUnit is that since the tube is hollow you can put extra fitness products in the tube like fitness bands, jump rope, agility ladder, suspension straps…pretty much you can be creative even a mat wraps around outside for a place to work out on. The ProUnit Performance Trainer is the fitness tool of 2013.
    We are planning to launch feb 1st so hopefully we can share the ProUnit with you then. Until that time please like our ProUnit Performance Trainer Page here on Facebook. We would love to share content as we grow.

    Gary,

  2. Jamie de Sylva April 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Nice article. Foam rollers are great for most runners but not all – so there’s no need for any runner to feel that’s the key option. We’ve been stocking an increasing amount of other recovery products in our running recovery store for just that reason. That said, when more innovative foam rollers have come out – like the Beast in the UK recently, http://www.runninginjury.co.uk/Store/more-mile-the-beast-foam-roller-orange/ – it’s inevitable that they receive a huge amount of attention.

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